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10.01.2019

NEW CBS SERIES LEAD THE WAY IN PREMIERE WEEK

THE UNICORN,” “ALL RISE,” “CAROL’S SECOND ACT”

AND “BOB ABISHOLA” ARE TOP FOUR NEW SHOWS

IN LIVE PLUS SAME DAY RANKINGS

CAROL’S SECOND ACT” IS TOP NEW SERIES IN LIVE PLUS 3-DAY VIEWING,

WHILE “ALL RISE,” “THE UNICORN” AND “EVIL” WERE ALSO IN TOP FIVE

NCIS” Is Week’s Top Drama and “Young Sheldon” Is Top Comedy

CBS kicked off the 2019-2020 broadcast season with strong performances from both new and veteran shows. For the week, CBS had the top four new series premieres (out of 13) as THE UNICORN (6.04m), ALL RISE (6.03m), CAROL’S SECOND ACT (5.97m) and BOB ABISHOLA (5.89m) led the way in the Nielsen live plus same day ratings for premiere week, Sept. 23 through Sept. 29. The Network also had the week’s top series, NCIS (12.57m) and top comedy with YOUNG SHELDON (8.24m) and top news program with 60 MINUTES (11.80m).

Live plus 3-day viewing had four of the top five new shows, led by CAROL’S SECOND ACT (7.99m), which was premiere week’s top new show (out of 12 available), while ALL RISE (7.73m), THE UNICORN (7.66m) and EVIL (7.20m) were also in the top five.

On Monday, BOB ABISHIOLA (5.59m) was the first CBS Monday 8:30 PM sitcom series premiere to build on its established sitcom premiere week lead-in (5.70m) since THE BIG BANG THEORY built on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER on Sept. 24, 2007. BOB ABISHOLA was the night’s #2 new series in viewers behind CBS’ own ALL RISE, which was the night’s most-watched new series (6.03m). At 10:00 PM, BULL was also first in viewers (6.42m).

On Tuesday, CBS was first in viewers (9.35m) and won premiere week Tuesday for the 12th consecutive year. At 8:00 PM, NCIS was first in viewers (12.57m), while maintaining its same level from last year’s premiere. NCIS was the night and week’s #1 program in viewers. At 9:00 PM, FBI was first in viewers (8.83m), while at 10:00 PM, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was also the most-watched show in its hour (6.66m).

On Thursday, CBS was second in viewers (5.95m) behind NFL football. At 8:00 PM, the season premiere of YOUNG SHELDON was second in viewers (8.24m) and was Thursday’s most-watched scripted series.

At 8:30 PM, the series premiere of THE UNICORN was the night’s top new series in viewers (6.04m) and adults 18-49 (0.8/04), and tied with our own CAROL’S SECOND ACT as the top new series in adults 25-54 (1.3/05). MOM at 9:00 PM was second in viewers (6.25m), while the series premiere of CAROL’S SECOND ACT at 9:30 PM was also #2 in viewers (5.97m). CAROL’S SECOND ACT was tied with THE UNICORN for Thursday’s top new series in adults 25-54, while #2 in viewers and adults 18-49 (0.7/03) behind THE UNICORN. At 10:00 PM, new drama EVIL finished second in viewers (4.56m). EVIL was Thursday’s #3 new series in viewers and key demos behind THE UNICORN and CAROL’S SECOND ACT.

On Friday, CBS continues to dominate, having won premiere week Friday every year since 2003. CBS was first in viewers (7.09m), adults 25-54 (1.1/05) and tied for first in adults 18-49 (0.6/04). HAWAII FIVE-0 was first in viewers (7.03m), adults 25-54 (1.2/04) and adults 18-49 (0.7/04). Compared to the time period last year (the MACGYVER season three premiere), HAWAII FIVE-0 was up +20% in adults 25-54, +22% in viewers and even in adults 18-49. HAWAII FIVE-0 was Friday’s #1 program in adults 25-54 and the #2 program overall behind BLUE BLOODS in viewers.

At 9:00 PM, MAGNUM P.I. was first in viewers (6.37m), adults 25-54 (1.0/04) and tied for first in adults 18-49 (0.6/03) with its season two premiere. MAGNUM P.I. was the night’s #3 program in viewers behind BLUE BLOODS and HAWAII FIVE-0. At 10:00 PM, BLUE BLOODS continues to dominate in viewers (7.85m) and adults 25-54 (1.0/05), while still tying for first in adults 18-49 (0.6/03). BLUE BLOODS was the night’s #1 program in viewers.

On Sunday, an NFL doubleheader pushed CBS primetime back 46 minutes. 60 MINUTES started at 7:46 PM, ET and was the most-watched non-sports program on the night with 11.80 million viewers. The season premiere of GOD FRIENDED ME followed at 8:46 PM and was tops among all entertainment programs in viewers for the night with 7.13 million. The season launch of NCIS: LOS ANGELES followed with a #2 finish behind football (6.44m). CBS was second for the night in viewers (10.63m) and key measures (2.7/09 in adults 25-54 and 2.0/09 in adults 18-49).

NATIONAL NIELSEN SUMMARY - PRIMETIME

Week #1 of 2019-2020 Season (ending: 9/29/19)

 

 

VIEWERS

 

 

(000)

CBS

6.89

NBC

7.48

ABC

4.71

FOX

5.74

   

A25-54

 

 

 

Rtg

Sh

CBS

1.5

6

NBC

2.4

9

ABC

1.3

5

FOX

2.1

8

A18-49

 

 

 

Rtg

Sh

CBS

1.0

5

NBC

1.8

9

ABC

0.9

5

FOX

1.7

8

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scott.grogin@cbs.com